Chad Perrin: SOB

8 March 2007

Steve Litt compliments my professional writing

Filed under: Geek,Profession — apotheon @ 01:01

On a LUG mailing list, Steve Litt (of and the books Samba Unleashed and Linux Unleashed) commented on my TechRepublic articles in glowing terms. The text of his email:

Hi all,

Our own Chad Perrin wrote a Tech Republic article on daylight savings time. It’s here:

The article is simple, direct, informative, and easy to follow.

Turns out Chad has written 18 articles for Tech Republic since January 2006. I read several of them, and they’re all good. Chad packs more technical instruction into 2000 words than anyone I’ve seen.

Good read!

My reply:

There’s one about using Subversion as a document backup system sitting in an editor’s to-do list for publication, and I’ve discussed a couple more for publication at TR with an editor — one of which is about TortoiseSVN, and for which I’ve taken extensive notes already. Between the three, that’ll add up to 21 of them. I suspect I’ll be writing articles for TR more often, rather than less often, in the near future.

I’m also on the lookout for other places to get published.

I’m almost embarrassed with the first of the articles I had published at TR. It’s easily the worst of the lot — I put it together without really any thought or editing. The technical information is good, but the writing isn’t up to the standards of the rest of my work. C’est la vie.

Anyway, I really appreciate your complimentary comments. It’s good to know my work is appreciated. Apparently, you’re not the only person who thinks so — the Second Life Open Source FAQ actually mentions me by name and links to one of my articles as an authoritative reference:

Your commentary is going in my brag archive, Steve. Thanks much.

By the way, I find you more and more often when I do searches on Google for materials related to Perl and Ruby development. Congratulations on hitting the big time.

Of course, mentioning my worst article is a sure-fire way to get people to read it, unfortunately. Oh, well.

I just thought you might want to know.

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